Geological Development of
Indiana and the Movement of Peoples Across the State
By: Rebecca Williams; Benjamin Franklin
Elementary; Terre Haute, IN
In order to better understand the geological development of Indiana
and the movement of peoples across the state, students will interact with
a web site published by the United States Geological Survey.
Geography Standards addressed:
#1) How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies
to acquire, process and report information from a spatial perspective.
#2) How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places
and environments in a spatial context.
#3) How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places and environments
on Earth’s surface.
#4) The physical and human characteristics of places.
#7) The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface.
#16) The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance
-Access to internet
-Map of Indiana
-Chart/graph paper -pencil/paper
-Markers -other needs of student groups
Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to :
1. locate earthquake zones in Indiana,
2. locate energy resources in Indiana, and
3. identify minerals found in Indiana.
Students will be divided into teams working on reports about Indiana.
1. Students will access the website http://geology.er.usgs.gov/states/midwest.html
2. Each group will decide which of the map links they should access.
3. Students will access website to obtain information.
4. Students will interpret the information given.
5. Students will use wall map of Indiana to sow location of geological
6. Students will interpret information and present to class how the geological
information has influenced "Hoosier" culture.
Students will acknowledge the factors of geological factors and human
Web Sites Accessed:
1. Math: How is the economy affected by natural resources?
2. Science: What are the characteristics needed to create earthquakes?
minerals? natural resources?
3. Language: Students can write reports on their findings.
4. Fine Arts: Students can draw resource maps.